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Concrete Cutting, Core Drilling, Wall and Slab Sawing: Expensive, But Worth It!

Diamond Concrete Saw Blade Usage with Regards to Safety. Don't Try This at Home!

Concrete cutting is the process of controlled sawing, drilling, breaking and removal of concrete and is performed by skilled operators using special saws that use diamond impregnated blades. Unlike the old-fashioned dusty "jack hammer" method, modern concrete cutting leaves a smooth attractive finish and utilizes water so as not to create any dust or mess. There are many different kinds of concrete cutting but the most common are concrete wall sawing, concrete core drilling and concrete slab or flat sawing.

Concrete Wall Sawing is the process of cutting openings such as doors or windows in concrete walls, usually no more than 12 inches thick but in some cases up to 24 inches thick. This is accomplished by using a saw that attaches to a track on the wall to be cut. This process utilizes an enormous 30 inches or even larger diameter diamond saw blade that can cut 12 inches or more of concrete all of the way through from one side. This aspect of the concrete cutting industry requires the most skill and cannot easily be done by your average "do it yourselfer." As stated, wall sawing may entail cutting openings in concrete foundations but may also include lowering an entire foundation elevation, whole foundation removal and also the cutting of concrete retaining walls in part or also in whole. Concrete wall sawing or cutting requires skill and experience to cut perfectly smooth plumb and level openings in concrete walls with virtually no dust or mess, so it is a rather expensive service. Most concrete cutting companies charge a minimum of $475 or more just to take their equipment to your home or worksite and to cut even the smallest piece of concrete.

Homeowners or residential contractors that build additions on to their homes that have basements with concrete foundations commonly find they need to add an entry, doorway or passage in the concrete foundation between the new and existing basements. It is much easier and in most cases less expensive to have this service completed during the building and/or construction process and not after.

Concrete Core Drilling is the process of drilling perfectly round holes through concrete structures, walls and floors. The diameters of the holes range from 1 inch to 12 inches but average 5 inches in diameter for most homeowner or residential applications. In commercial concrete cutting applications core holes can range anywhere up to 60 inches in diameter and more. Concrete core drilling is used for "utility penetrations" such as electrical, plumbing and heating but is also commonly used for venting furnaces or clothes dryers. Although not recommended at all, concrete core drilling can be performed by an advanced "do it yourselfer" and the concrete core drill and equipment necessary to perform concrete core drilling is readily available at your local tool rental and supply store. Most professional concrete cutting companies have a minimum charge of $250 or more to core drill a hole for you and it can take a professional concrete cutter as little as 10 minutes to unload his equipment, core drill the hole, and reload his equipment back into his truck. Yet, I have seen homeowners rent the equipment and spend an entire weekend trying to core drill a single core hole and then have to call a professional concrete cutter in to complete the project anyway. Just like with any trade a professional concrete cutter will make his job look easy. Concrete Slab Sawing or cutting, also known as flat sawing, is used to cut horizontal flat concrete surfaces such as floors, bridge decks and pavement. Concrete slab saws feature a diamond saw blade that is mounted on a "walk-behind" saw on wheels that requires only one operator. Some of these concrete slab saws can cut up to 33 inches in depth but generally only 6 inches or less is necessary in most homeowner/residential applications. Concrete slab sawing is the perfect solution for making penetrations or openings in concrete floors to access and repair broken water pipes, drains or sewer lines. When a basement is being remodeled to add a bathroom or kitchen, sections of the concrete floor are removed by using a concrete slab saw to add new plumbing for the fixtures. A concrete slab saw is also useful in demolition work to break up and remove a cracked or unwanted concrete patio, driveway or walkway. Sometimes a homeowner might want just part of a concrete patio or other concrete slab cut in order to alter their landscaping. Attempting a concrete slab saw project can be very time consuming for your average "do it yourselfer" and should be avoided at all costs. It is always recommended to spend a few extra bucks and preventing some very serious danger and aggravation by contracting a concrete cutting professional to perform any and all of your concrete slab sawing needs.

No matter what your project is, don't let a little concrete stand in your way. Concrete can be a homeowner's worst obstacle if he or she doesn't know that there are concrete cutting companies out there that specialize in cutting, drilling, breaking and removing it very quickly and neatly. © 2006 Affordable Concrete Cutting Massachusetts

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Synthetic Diamonds - The diamond blades employed in commercial concrete cutting should be of high grade and only General Electric synthetic diamonds should be used, or the brand selected should conform to the specifications of the American Society of Synthetic Diamonds because these specifications are now accepted as the American standard.

Diamond Blades - The diamond blades employed in cutting steel reinforced concrete should be free from defects and should be of hard, dense, tough material. Ferrous and non-ferrous alloys are the best, although alloys from any durable mixture will suffice in the manufacturing of diamond saw blades. The synthetic diamonds are added to the molten alloy so when it cools it actually has diamonds impregnated into it. Affordable Concrete Cutting Massachusetts performs concrete cutting throughout Massachusetts and uses only the highest grade diamonds in out diamond saw blades.

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